What we do

BHESCo empower people in Sussex to meet their heat and power needs with efficient buildings and clean, affordable, community-owned energy.

How we do this using our simple six-step plan

We make our service simple and affordable to ensure that everyone can have access to clean, affordable, locally-owned energy.

1

We survey your property and examine your energy bills to gain an in-depth understanding of your heating and electricity needs.

2

You receive a detailed report identifying all the ways your property is wasting heat and energy. We will recommend energy saving measures to address areas of concern and identify the potential for renewable energy solutions.

3

Based on the upfront installation costs and future energy bill savings projections, we will present a proposal to finance the project through our ‘Pay As You Save’ initiative, if appropriate.

4

You choose which measures you want to install, and BHESCo will fund the project using funds invested by our co-operative shareholder members.

5

We will project manage the installation of improvements on your behalf, which includes sourcing cost-competitive quotes from our trusted network of installers.

6

Once all works have been completed we will continue to monitor your equipment to ensure the expected long-term savings are achieved.  

Our Core Services
Project Consultancy

Get the insights you need from a one-to-one telephone or video call  consultancy with a BHESCo project manager.

Your project manager will spend an agreed amount of time researching your project, making conclusions and recommendations which will be presented to you at a time and date of your choice.

We can advise on financial modelling, engineering,  procurement, energy efficiency and retrofit. 

Project Finance

Project installation costs are financed by our co-operative members, meaning there is no upfront cost to our customers, who start making savings immediately. 

Over time, a portion of these savings are used to repay the cost of the project, plus interest which we pass on to our shareholder members.

Once repaid, you will get the full financial benefit of your energy equipment and associated savings.

Energy Surveys

BHESCo’s Energy Saving Team conduct an on-site survey of your property.

We will produce a detailed report highlighting opportunities for improvements recommending the most cost-effective solutions to remedy areas of significant heat loss and energy waste.

Our report will include an estimated cost vs future savings analysis to help you make informed decisions about which energy improvement measures you wish to install.

Project Management

We act as project manager, overseeing the planning, installation, cost management and operating performance of your chosen energy saving or energy generating measures. 

We work with our trusted network of local suppliers to obtain the best performance and value options for the property. 

BHESCo stipulates the savings in the contract and ensures that a high quality installation is undertaken by one of our experienced and qualified local contractors.

Our Typical Customers

Typical renewable energy and energy saving measures

Project Management Services

BHESCo takes the hassle and stress out of your energy project by overseeing every aspect of your energy improvement plan

Designing a whole building energy plan

BHESCo takes a holistic approach to the building, undertaking a detailed, industry compliant survey, then working with suppliers to obtain the best performance and value options for the property. 

We can also act on your behalf in consultations with the local authority regarding permissions for listed properties and work in conservation areas.

Financial modelling

We prepare a long-term energy plan recommending affordable, relevant technologies to support our customer’s emission reduction goals. 

BHESCo stipulates the savings in the contract and ensures that a high quality installation is undertaken by one of our experienced and qualified local contractors.

Project installation and performance monitoring

BHESCo act as project manager, overseeing the planning, installation, cost management and operating performance of the systems we install.

Our Project Management Team will deal directly with technology installers to ensure that your project is completed on time and in budget.

Long term accountability

In accordance with our co-operative values, all of our customers become members of our co-op. In this way, customers can have the comfort of knowing that BHESCo will be available to provide support for years after a project has been installed.

Community Energy Project Case Studies

BHESCo’s community energy projects have brought us together with churches and schools, warehouses and leisure centres, community centres and art galleries, and dance studios and office spaces. 

Our  team have experience with every kind of energy saving and energy generating technology from solar panels to heat pumps, and biomass boilers to battery storage.

Get a flavour for the broad mix of community energy projects we have developed by browsing through our Case Studies.

How we can help you

Energy saving in the home

Retrofitting your home with energy efficiency measures will drive down the cost of monthly bills and enhance warmth and comfort levels, as well as having a positive impact on health, comfort and wellbeing.

Improving the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will also increase property value and ensure regulatory compliance if renting the property.

Energy saving for your business or organisation

A good environmental and facilities management strategy forms the basis from which to run any successful organisation – whatever the size or sector of your business.

This will ensure you meet the financial, regulatory and stakeholder obligations of your business, as well as helping you attract and retain loyal customers and  talented team members.

Case Study: The Montessori Place School

BHESCo partnered with the Montessori Place School to design and install a number of low-carbon technologies which work together to reduce energy costs and environmental impact.
As a result of our interventions, the school has reduced its annual carbon emissions by 80%.

Why should you work with BHESCo to improve the energy performance of your home or business?

Our work is focused on helping the people of Sussex make the best use of their energy supply, allowing them to reduce expenditure and contribute to a healthier environment at the same time. The outstanding quality of our technical knowledge guarantees that our customers benefit from the most effective method of meeting the cost of their heat and power demands. Our innovative project financing helps people to own the equipment that’s installed and play an active role in making the best choices for their property.
Applying our technological skills in energy efficiency measures and our expertise in renewable energy within an economic framework, we help to stop millions of pounds worth of energy literally going out of the window. Our work drives down the cost of energy — slashing bills for residential, commercial and business properties alike.
Fossil fuels are dirty fuels – using them adversely affects the air we breathe, the water we drink, our weather patterns and the animals and plants which sustain us. This is not sustainable and we cannot afford to destroy the very elements that keep us alive. Our innovative ‘Pay As You Save’ financing puts green energy within reach of every property owner in England.
Innovation

From microgrids and heat networks to smart metering and energy storage, BHESCo embraces innovation across the energy sector.

We are dedicated to understanding which emerging technologies offer the best solutions to achieving an affordable route to zero carbon, and to identifying opportunities where systems can be integrated to deliver maximum impact.

BHESCo Community Energy Projects - Interactive Map
BHESCo Community Energy Projects - List Detail

Interested in working with BHESCo?

We are always looking to develop new projects and want to hear your ideas.

Whether you are looking to get solar panels for your roof, switch to low-carbon heating, or improve the energy efficiency of your property, BHESCo would love to support your journey to affordable clean energy.